On August 17, 1999, the northwestern region of Turkey was shaken by a massive earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale. The earthquake's epicenter was near the city of Izmit, causing widespread destruction and claiming the lives of over 17,000 people. Thousands of homes were reduced to rubble, leaving survivors exposed to the elements and in dire need of shelter.
Recognizing the urgent need for emergency shelter, The American Red Cross contracted Tentnology aimed to provide durable, high-quality relief tents to the earthquake victims. General Pasha Errol, the highly respected military leader and the 5-star general in charge of Turkey's emergency recovery operations, played a crucial role in coordinating the distribution of relief supplies and managing the overall relief efforts. General Errol recognized the expertise and resources that Tentnology and Gery Warner brought to the table, and he facilitated their collaboration to ensure an effective response to the disaster.
Tentnology, known for its innovative tent designs and durable materials, swiftly mobilized its resources to provide emergency relief tents to Turkey. Their tents were specifically designed to withstand harsh weather conditions and provide a safe and comfortable environment for those affected by the earthquake. With their expertise in tent manufacturing and logistics, Tentnology was able to rapidly deploy the necessary shelters to impacted areas, offering immediate relief to the displaced population.